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Name: Vickie Dunagan
Date: 11/23/01
Harvest Location: Madison
Size: 8 Point
Shot Distance: 75 Yards
Harvested With: Rifle
Story: "We are members of a huning club and had been hunting hard for 3 days. I was really tired and decided not to go out on the afternoon of November 23. My husband kept insisting that I go and we had a major disagreement. He refused to go out if I didn't go. So at 4:00 PM I jumped into my coveralls and grabbed my cooler and told him to come on, we came to hunt so I would hunt. I got to my stand, a tripod in the middle of a small clearing with woods and thickets all around me, at 4:15. I was still mad and sat back in my seat determined not to "spot" anything. At 4:45 I saw a white flicker out of the corner of my eye and just couldn't help but look to see what was there. A Doe had crossed thru the thicket to my left and was stand behind some brush so that all I could see was her flagging tail. This got me excited and I thought well, I'm here and I have a Doe tag, so I might as well shoot her if she steps out. She moved to a small clearing and I shot and MISSED! I was really ill at this point. I didn't want to be here, saw a Doe and missed. I kept watching the spot where I saw the Doe flag and a huge bodied deer walked thru. All I could see was the body, the head was down and I was determined to get this Doe. It walked thru the brush, I picked out a small clearing about 18 inches wide and thought when I see shoulder I am going to shoot. My chance came and I gently squeezed the trigger of my SKS, the Doe ran and I heard her fall. My husband got to where I was around 5:00 and I told him I killed a huge Doe. We went to where I shot and there was no blood. We had to re-enact the scene so I could be sure of which direction she went. Once we finally found her...... It was this nice 8 point buck!!!! Now that I think about it, I know he is why the Doe I missed was flagging and he had his head down tracking her. Boy! am I GLAD I went out that day, a nice clean kill at 75 yards."

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